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  10/12/2012, Tishrei 26, 5773

Suit Against New York's Metzitza B'Peh Law

Hareidi-religious rabbis and organizations in North American filed suit, Thursday, against a New York City health regulation requiring written parental consent for Metzitz B'Peh, a custom in which the person performing ritual circumcision sucks blood from the cut and spits it out.

The plaintiffs claim the regulation violates their freedom of religion. The health department claims the practice exposes the newborn infants to a potentially deadly Herpes virus.